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A Voice In the Philippine Wilderness? August 28, 2007

Posted by Maddog in Politics and Law, Prolife Issues, Religion and Social Issues.
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Olongapo Councilor JC delos Reyes fights the good fight.

You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt lose its savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is good for nothing any more but to be cast out, and to be trodden on by men. You are the light of the world. A city seated on a mountain cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but upon a candlestick, that it may shine to all that are in the house. So let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

— Matthew 5:13-16

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In these days of paralyzing political correctness, it’s refreshing to see someone stand up for the truth and say it like it is. There are just too many unfounded claims and unchallenged popular assumptions (quite often promoted by vested interests) which our people unthinkingly swallow, hook line and sinker.

Overpopulation is just one example of these popular myths foisted upon the Third World by those who can profit from its acceptance. Peddling abortifacient contraceptives, condoms, and eventually abortion services is a billion dollar industry. Killing babies is big business.

But now the overpopulation bogey is being debunked in Olongapo by one brave soul who has chosen to take a stand — alone if necessary — and to speak the truth. That proverbial “voice in the wilderness” is Councilor John Carlos G. de los Reyes, the only one of the 27 candidates fielded for various elective positions by the Ang Kapatiran Party in the last election to win a seat.

A post on the party website’s home page, “JC delos Reyes Opposes the Olongapo City Repro Health Code“, summarized (in too few words) JC’s lonely fight:

Recently, the City council of Olongapo met to pass the Reproductive Health Code. JC was the lone opposition to the code for reasons explained in the privilege speech he delivered. (Click here to read JC’s privilege speech )

Needless to say, the code was passed with a vote of 11 to 1, JC being the only one who voted against. We laud and support JC for standing up for our party’s stand on the issue.

Fortunately, Jose C. Sison, in a Philippine Star column on Friday, August 10, 2007 (reproduced on the party website since the Philippine Star website doesn’t keep the archived article online), gives more detail on the good Councilor’s stand and his arguments:

Evidently, some international funding agencies continue to impose as funding requirements the adoption by our country of anti-life population control programs and policies. The alarming aspect here is that these policies are now being presented as pro-life since they allegedly promote health, eliminate violence against women and even prevent abortion and other sexually transmissible diseases. The program is now called “population management” while birth control has been more euphemistically designated as “reproductive health”.

More alarming yet is that these international agencies, specifically the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) are now turning their sights at the policy makers in the grassroots level — the municipal and city councils of the local government units (LGU). They believe that these bodies are more vulnerable and easily swayed to adopt their population policies.

. . .

De los Reyes then exposed the flaws of the ordinance centering on the inexistence of the problem it is trying to solve; equating this inexistent problem as the cause of the other problem of poverty; and the adverse consequences of the proposed solutions.

Maybe those who are still advocating population control should consider de los Reyes’ timely and valid warning. He said that: “Population control is the wrong solution to the wrong problem. The root social problem of our nation is not over-population but massive, enslaving poverty. Philippine poverty cannot be the result of a growing population, but rather the outcome of corruption in both government and business sectors. Both government and business conspire to put half of the national wealth and income in the hands of less than 1% of the population. We are poor not because we are many, but because only a few wittingly or unwittingly deprive our kababayans of opportunities to prosper… Contrary to what many say, our country is not overpopulated. Rather, the national problem has always been the concentration of wealth and opportunity in major urban centers, such as Manila, Baguio, Angeles, Davao, Cebu, … Olongapo? This condition gives rise to congestion, lack of resources and crime.

Our country has already reached the point of “demographic transition” when the rate of growth reverses to a gradual decline. Furthermore, a definitive study of the Population Council in New York as early as 1982 concludes that the greatest factor influencing fertility decline is not a government-managed population control program. Between 35% and 45% of fertility decline is attributable to modernization, or the attainment of higher levels of human welfare and quality of life. Approximately 25 to 35% of fertility decline is induced by the simple factor of delaying the age at marriage, and 15 to 25% by the simple recourse of breast-feeding. None of these factors intrude into the health of people or violate the sacredness of life. Only between 2% and 5% of fertility decline is attributable to “managed population control.”

Then, backed up by statistics, he pointed out that the population control policy embodied in the ordinance is totally unnecessary because: “The Philippines’ annual population growth rate is not, as many claim, 2.36% but between 1.61% (United Nations, 2003) and 1.99% (Philippine National Statistics Office, 2004). The total fertility rate, or the average number of children per woman of reproductive age in her lifetime, is not 3.22; within 10 years, this rate will, on its own momentum, decrease to 2.15 (United Nations Population Division, March 12, 2005). By then, the Philippine population will begin to decline in absolute numbers, as fewer births replace the number of deaths annually.”

Even more ominously, as Sison relates, de los Reyes made the connection that many are too afraid to admit because it is so morally repugnant: that the mindset that espouses artificial birth control eventually leads to the justification of abortion.

Finally, de los Reyes brought out the adverse consequences of the reproductive health code. He said that: “population control bills, by their advocacy of “reproductive health” and “reproductive rights” will slowly render the Philippines captive to an official language and ethic that accept abortion as a legitimate human right just like in the United States and Europe and probably in almost all countries in the world. This language and ethic were made official in the United Nations through the 1994 World Population Conference in Cairo against which Jaime Cardinal Sin, led over 2 million Catholics and Muslims in an historical protest rally on August 14, 1994.

Rally Around JC

The culture of death, however, can never win in a rational debate. So now the proponents of the overpopulation myth want to silence JC. The other City Council members have initiated recall proceedings against him. Their grounds? Nothing really, except that they can’t stand to hear the truth.

So here is the important question: will we let these shameless politicians remove a duly elected Councilor and bury the truth? Will we let them spread their lies unopposed?

I say it’s time for all decent people to show their support for Councilor JC de los Reyes. If you live in Olongapo, write to your mayor and City Council and tell them you are ashamed of their actions, that you think their population control measure is just so much garbage, and that you will oppose any attempt to remove JC.

If you don’t live in Olongapo, you can still help JC. Here are some suggestions:

  • You can blog about JC’s heroism. Blogs are growing in importance and people are reading them.
  • You can write to the editors of the Philippine Daily Inquirer (which ran the story, “Kapatiran’s lone winner keeps party’s flame burning“) and express your support for JC.
  • You can also write to Atty. Sison and thank him for writing about JC’s courageous stand. Atty Sison can be reached through this e-mail address: jcson@pldtdsl.net.
  • Finally, you can also send contributions or volunteer your services to JC’s party, Ang Kapatiran. Their website is at http://www.angkapatiran.org.

If you want to read more about JC, see the story: Who is JC delos Reyes?

A light in the darkness

Even in the darkest of times, there is hope. When times are at their worst, when the situation seems most hopeless and desperate, that is when God works His miracles. The Lord will raise up even the weakest of men and guide them to do the impossible. The few in Ang Kapatiran have chosen to answer God’s call. Are we willing to help them?

The Philippines needs more men like JC de los Reyes! God bless JC and Ang Kapatiran!

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1. Letter read in open session to oppose the Reproductive Health Code of Olongapo City, August 1, 2007 | katoliko - December 5, 2007

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